In my last post we talked about what to WEAR to our session. This post will be all about hair and makeup, which is just as important as clothing, y’all. I highly recommend a professional hair and makeup artist, if you would like a list of who I recommend, just shoot me an DM, email, or comment below. ( I do include this in my Senior Guide when you book a session) Using a professional means that they will know how to make your hair and makeup look good on camera, which is SUPER important.
Whether you are using a professional hair & makeup artist or not, here are a few tips I have for making your portraits the best
- Keep it Natural You still want to look like YOU. This isn’t the time for trying out new things with your makeup, or even new types of makeup. You never know how your skin will react.
- Add some blush and lipstick (this will help you not looked washed out in photos) but not TOO much…again keep it natural looking. Go ahead and add an extra layer of mascara to make your eyes POP.
- USE PRIMER! This is a big one. Especially if you have skin that’s not so smooth. If you have acne or dry skin this will help your skin appear smooth and fresh.
- SETTING SPRAY I can’t emphasize enough how important this one is, especially in summer. I had a shoot recently where 2 clients were wearing makeup – one with setting spray, one without. It was an extremely windy and fairly cold day. The girl without setting spray had tear streaks down her face from her eyes watering. The other did not, and YES her eyes were watering too. I was able to fix it in post production, but it would be much better to just wear the setting spray1
- EYEYBROWS Make sure you don’t neglect your eyebrows. Tame them. I’m not saying you have to go out and get them threaded or waxed if you never have before. I’m just saying use a brow gel or even just a brow brush and brush them in the correct direction lol
- NAILS DON’T forget your nails, y’all! They will be visible in some photos. If you want them natural, do it. Just make sure they aren’t all jagged and different lengths. Shape up em up and a color if you want. If you really want to go get them done professionally, go for it!